The best running shoes for any budget in 2021
It can help to get a gait analysis done. This short treadmill run, watched by an expert, reveals if you have any specific kinks in your running form that suggest you’ll benefit from a certain type of shoe, for example stability shoes for over or under pronators.
When it comes to fit, if a shoe disappears on your foot the moment you put it on, that’s a really good sign you’re onto a winner. Check you get good lockdown from the laces across the top of the midfoot without tightness and pinching. Think about how much wiggle room your toes have in the toebox and make sure your heel sits snug and secure at the back.
What about budget? Spending more or buying a certain popular brand doesn’t guarantee you a shoe that’s optimal for you. Or a shoe that’ll help you be faster. Not everyone needs a £250 carbon race shoe. It’s more important to find a shoe that fits well and supports your own unique running style and goals.
Kieran Alger, WIRED contributor/The Run Testers
Adidas Adizero Adios Pro
An excellent marathon pace cruiser
Heel drop: 10mm | Weight: 246g (UK size 9 mens)
The Adios Pro (from £170) – not to be mistaken for another recent carbon-plate shoe the Adizero Pro – put Adidas back in the leading pack when it comes to top-end performance. They combine a fantastically comfy, breathable, flexible mesh upper – with plenty of room in the toe box – with Adidas’ lightest and most responsive midsole foam to date, Lightstrike Pro.
Unlike other carbon shoes, there’s no foot-long plate. Instead, you get five Energy Rods, one under each metatarsal to provide that propulsive toe spring along with a separate nylon plate that sits above the midsole in the heel to help with stability at the ankle joint.
When it comes to responsiveness they’re at their best when you’re running at paces with good form but they don’t quite have the all-out punch of a Nike Vaporfly Next%. However, unlike the Vaporfly and the Alphafly, the Adios Pro’s wedge of foam at the heel feels a little more protective when you’re not running your best and that could come in handy deep into a marathon that might not be going your way.
The 39.5mm stack of midsole foam squeaks in under the World Athletics guidelines for road shoes and while there’s a 10mm drop, much of that differential comes at the toe, meaning these run flatter than some other max-foam carbon shoes, though there’s little stability. The package you get here is Adidas’ best fast miles shoe we’ve seen in a while.
Published at Mon, 24 May 2021 16:30:00 +0000